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Protecting Your Landscape From Snow

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You put a lot of time and effort into making your landscape and home look great. Don’t let a snow storm ruin all your hard work! Follow Twin Pines’ expert tips for protecting your landscape from snow, and keep your yard looking great even after heavy snowfall!

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Because plants and shrubs are often the focal points of your yard, its important to take the steps to cover and protect them when snow is in the forecast. There are a couple of noteworthy risks your plants face during this season.

Winter Burn

Winter burn is known as the damage to living plants that occurs during extreme winter snow, frost, and ice. Caused by a combination of winter sunlight and depleted moisture in the soil, this condition is a very poor one for plants to live in.

The best way for you to protect your plants, shrubs, and even more delicate trees from Winter Frost…

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A Twin Pines Thanksgiving – 2016

The Twin Pines Family of Companies is your family-owned, one-stop-shop for all indoor and outdoor home improvement needs. So, of course, we want to cover just as much ground for the biggest family holiday of the year! Check back with Twin Pines all this week for produce-featured Thanksgiving recipes, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and more!

Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey with pumpkins and sunflowers

We at Twin Pines are big fans of flowers, especially ones that can highlight the beauty of a certain season, event, or holiday. During Thanksgiving 2015, we gave our readers step-by-step instructions on how to construct the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece, and this year we want to keep the tradition of sharing beautifully crafted or unique flower arrangements and centerpieces going.

If you’re looking for the perfect centerpiece for Thursday’s festivities, you still have time! Follow these popular trends from Twin Pines fans:

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One of the most important things we’ve learned about crafting the perfect centerpiece, is to put just as much focus on what the flowers and decorative items are presented in as you put on these items themselves.

2016 Trends Include:

Rustic Options-crates, burlap covered vases, watering cans, buckets, and more! Browse through some of our favorites in the contributed lineup below:

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Being Great

Blog Post Contributed by Andy Hopkins, Co-Owner of Twin Pines Family of Companies

On a very rainy Friday Boston night, I went to Fenway for the final home stand of the year against Toronto.

The Red Sox have already clinched the playoffs, but the mood was different than the relaxed night that usually accompanies that position.

It was the first night of a tribute weekend to David Ortiz – famous # 34 – who for years has been part of the success of the Red Sox.

On this night, he did what he has done so many times; he was great, hitting the winning 2 run home run, a line drive shot to right field. This was his 38th of the season.

When most players are battling with injuries and the decline of statistics as the body tells them their career is ending, David defies logic and is having another fantastic season.

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David Ortiz; Photo Credit: Andy Hopkins

Why?  Because of his love for the game and his dedication to being great every day. Watching his warm up before hitting, you could see there was an intensity like it was his first opportunity to impress us.

I have always felt that to be great at something you need to love it – 100% completely. David shows us that if you have this love, you can continue to be great against all odds.

I still remember game 4 of one memorable series, sitting in right field and hearing that no team had ever come back from 3 games down. No one told David Ortiz. He helped carry the Red Sox to a win and one of the greatest turnarounds in Major League playoffs.

That night, everyone in Boston saw his love of the game and of the team. It continued for over a decade.

So everyone here at Twin Pines would like to send out a salute to one of Boston’s greatest baseball players. We can only hope to be as passionate and great at what we do as David has been for the Red Sox. We wish David and his family the best after baseball.  Thank you for all the great memories!


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Creative Flower Displays For Fall

Whether we want to admit it yet or not, fall is on its way; The air is getting crisper, the leaves are starting to turn, and the sky is getting dark at 7:00pm. While that might mean saying goodbye to full days spent in your yard enjoying the outdoors, it doesn’t mean you should stop finding new ways to make your landscape unique.

Last year, we shared our expert guide to Fall Flowers (Part I. and Part II.), which outlined some of the most vibrant and season-appropriate flowers to feature in autumn. This year, we want to show you some exciting and innovative ways to arrange and display them outside your home!Petunia Flowers

One of the funnest ways we’ve come across of displaying fall flowers, is actually within the hollowed out trunks of old trees. The easiest way to create this unique arrangement is to locate a broken tree with a very thick trunk that is already living in your yard and prep it for the flowers. Hire a qualified tree specialist (like those at Twin Pines) to remove any excess branches or pieces of the tree that crowd the broken trunk and level out the surface. The specialist should also carve out the hole in the center of the trunk which the flowers will grow in.

Next, simply use the hole in the trunk as a flower pot! Spread nutrient-rich soil within it, plant the flowers, and watch them grow in this natural display!

climbing-hydrandra-creative-solution-to-hide-old-lamp-post-urell-1Another great way to highlight the fall florals in your yard is around a lamp post. The expert Landscape Design team at Twin Pines has years of experience with shrubs like these, which can grow upwards and out when cared for correctly. This tip is ideal if you happen to have outdated or mismatching posts; instead of investing in a full light post remodel, use pretty plants to spice up the look!

Lamp posts and tree trunks aren’t the only items in your yard that can act as a useful base for flower displays. Old wheelbarrows make great containers for featuring plants and Simply Swissflowers. While some feel that the more vintage the wheelbarrow the better, we’ve found that its all based in style. Wooden carts like the one featured in the photo here make for a more rustic look, where a more contemporary, painted one could give a modern-feel. Either way, this simple and pretty display choice can act as a great focal point for your landscape!

Another common household item often utilized in flower displays is a ladder. Trends lately have shown wooden ladders being used more as shelves than actual steps in homes across the country. Used as both an indoor or outdoor display case, each rung of the later can be transformed Harvest timeinto a multi-level shelving unit, maximizing display opportunities! What’s more, because ladders comes in a variety of colors and finishes, the ladder can be customized to compliment the look of your unique home!

Overall, the best advice the experts at Twin Pines can give for making your flower displays stand out this fall, is to add a little creativity into the mix! Combine types of flowers, mix and match colors, and find a fun and innovative way to arrange them! These simple steps will take your designs to the next level.

Keep mind, you don’t have to stick to these few ideas either; there are a plethora of options out there for you to play with. Switch out a flower pot for an old painted watering can or use an old barrel or basket to grow your plants in; try something new and innovative to help your landscape stand out!

Whatever display option you chose, make sure you have some fun with it! Your landscape is a great way to show off your personality, and adding statement pieces like these are a simple and fun way to do that! And if you need a little help along the way, feel free to reach out to our experts at Twin Pines! We would be happy to provide you with a consultation on your landscape this fall, and help make sure it reaches all of its potential. Give us a call today at (508) 358-4231, or email us at sales@twinpines.biz!


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A Letter From Your Plants On Fourth of July Weekend

Dear Family,

Now, we’re not the type to complain, but there’s a problem we’ve been noticing about your “summer habits” that we think we need to address. It’s about… Fourth of July weekend, and the fun you tend to have without really giving your plants a second thought.

We get it, it’s a full weekend to celebrate summer! There are cookouts, and fireworks, and late-night partying; it’s no wonder you guys are off having a great time. Believe us, if we weren’t rooted to the spot, we’d leaf in a heartbeat and join the fun! But sadly we cannot. We are stuck standing idly by while you and your guests have a good time, right under our branches.

But it doesn’t have to be like this! There are lots of ways to help send the party our way this Fourth of July, and we’ve decided to let you in on the secret:

  1. It’s a holiday weekend; we want to drink heavily right alongside you – Deep, waterings make much more of an impact than short, infrequent ones. It may be time consuming, but much like the clingy girl at the party, the longer you spend with us, the happier we’ll be.
  2. We want to look good for your friends – Cutting back stray twigs, and picking up broken branches, fallen leaves, or dead flower buds before guests arrive can make our look really pop.
  3.  Use that smartphone for more than just Facebook –  We know you’ll spend half your time at a social gathering on your phone anyways, so why not take a moment to look up the weekend’s weather forecast for us? That way you’ll know what days you need to pay more attention, and what days you can give us some space to branch out.
  4. You wouldn’t want someone wasting your drinks, so don’t waste ours – The government has been rolling around town looking for people who are running their irrigation at the wrong hours. Brush up on your town’s water restrictions so you don’t have a party foul!
  5. We love to party – Did you know there are types of flowers that bloom at every part of the year? Feel free to bring in some neighbors to liven up this place!

And if you happen to be going away for Fourth of July weekend, it probably wouldn’t hurt to have someone check in on us every once and a while, just to make sure we’re behaving ourselves! A local landscaping company like Twin Pines will be around to pop in and care for us while you’re off having a good time. Don’t forget to give them a call and set up a watering schedule if you haven’t already!

Anyways, sorry for the long letter. We have a lot of time to think out here in the hot sun, and the ideas tend to just keep growing. If you can work to keep any of these ideas in mind this weekend, we’d appreciate it!

Happy Fourth!

-Your Plants

P.S. Oh, by the way, we drink nothing but water, in case that wasn’t clear. Ice, cold water. Join us for a drink sometime!

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Twin Pines is on Thumbtack!

Much like with Home Advisor, Twin Pines Family of Companies is split into two profiles on Thumbtack to properly represent our licensed divisions, and the services we provide! Please feel free to browse through our Profiles by clicking on the Company Names below:

Twin Pines Landscaping

FitzCo Construction & Electric

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Twin Pines is on Home Advisor!

Twin Pines Family of Companies includes an array of home improvement professionals with various licenses and qualifications that set us apart from our competitors. In order to properly represent ourselves and the employees that hold the Twin Pines name, we have created three separate Home Advisor accounts to reflect three of our most diverse divisions. Feel free to check out the Company Profiles through Home Advisor by clicking on the names below:

FitzCo Construction & Electric

Twin Pines Landscaping

 R&M Plumbing and Heating